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PHT Morning Skate: Trembling at the prospect of a multi-year lockout

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Two Phoenix Coyotes fans join a sparse crowd of 5,259 to watch the Coyotes play against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

From the “even worse than you imagined” lockout files, two different columnists wonder if the lockout could last multiple seasons.

First, Gary Lawless ponders a 24-month work stoppage. (Winnipeg Free-Press)

Meanwhile, Bob Hepburn brings up the idea of it lasting up to three years. Yikes. (The Toronto Star)

Pivoting ever so slightly, Michael Grange has a message to the owners: do the right thing and see where it leads. (

Scott Burnside views the players’ labo(u)r board challenges as an “exercise in pettiness.” (ESPN)

Josh Yohe runs down 10 things we might end up missing from the 2012-13 season. (Sulia)

Pension Plan Puppets provides a little lesson in “lockout economics.” (Pension Plan Puppets)

“The Freakonomics of fan protests.” (Raw Charge)

Duncan Keith calls the lockout “embarrassing for everybody.” (

Tyler Seguin is trying to make the most out of his Swiss exodus. (